Residents still displaced from North Charleston assisted living facility

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) – Residents of White Oak Manor Assisted Living Center will not be allowed back into the building Monday night, marking the third night a fire has displaced the 123 people.

A Saturday afternoon fire started in a linen closet and forcing residents to be evacuated.

Officials with the Department of Health and Environmental Control says that Tuesday will be the earliest residents will be allowed back into the assisted living facility.DHEC.

Officials are still testing sprinkler and fire alarms, which was expected to take several more hours.

All 123 displaced residents are staying at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.  During the fire, patients were admitted into the medical center in under four hours.  Nurses, doctors and other Trident Medical Center employees worked together to admit, feed, and check up on the 123 patients.

"It was incredible. In my 35 years of being Chief Nursing Officer I have never seen anything like the teamwork I saw that night," says Cheryl Goforth of Trident Medical Center."

"We have trained for this type of disaster before.  That's why things went so smoothly."

The Medical Center has 296 beds total.  Goforth says everything is operating normally and they have plenty of space for the 123 displaced patients.

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